We hope you’ve marked your sewing calendar to join in with our Swingset Skirt sew-along (November 9th-13th). Come back here all next week when we will be introducing our sew-along panel. These talented sewists will be sharing their design decisions and fabric choices. Until then I’ve got lots of fabric, trim, and drawstring suggestions for you today so you can start planning and ordering your supplies.
You’re ready to sew a spectacular skirt, but what fabric to use? The possibilities can be overwhelming. Many fabrics work well with this simple skirt: chambray, linen, quilting cotton, lawn, voile, fine-wale corduroy, gauze, sateen, Swiss dot.
But what about prints? Polka dots work great as well as many others. I’ve gathered quite a few ideas here for you. Tiger Lily by Heather Ross has become very popular and here is “Small Roses in Blush” sewn up in a Swingset skirt.
Here are some more fabric ideas for you in bright colors, some with faux stitching, florals, and then some that are more subtle.
Have fun with the drawstring! How about one in neon orange?
Here are a bunch of drawstring examples I’ve gathered for you. FYI all of these are 1.5 yards.
1. brown cord 2. light blue cord 3. silver metallic twisted cord 4. reminds me of shoelaces 5. reminds me of swimsuit straps 6. reminds me of spaghetti straps 7. pink leather 8. pink grosgrain ribbon 9. white lace 10. black cotton twill tape 11. reminds me of twill tape, but in polyester 12. drawstring sewn up by the pattern in chambray
I sewed a chambray (denim’s comfier cousin) skirt and paired it with a brown cord drawstring (#1 in the examples) and I really like the “denim and leather” look that it gives.
Don’t forget you can make the skirt reversible by adding buttonholes on both sides for the drawstring.
And if that wasn’t enough inspiration, see how versatile this simple skirt can be:
- Swingset Skirt inspiration
- Swingset Skirt inspiration Pinterest board
- Melani’s favorite pattern post
- Size 5 Project: Swingset Tunic + Skirt
- Size 5 Project: Customizing the Swingset pattern
- It’s all in the Details: Braids
I’m certainly feeling inspired and I hope you are too. I’ll see you here tomorrow where I’ll be back to share some help on inserting drawstrings.